And when the dentist got to the root, her comment was "How have you stood this pain? This nerve is unbelievably inflammed." I felt like this was a metaphor for my life! But did she offer me anything more than my fioricet? No. Thank goodness I had some Vicodin from 6 years ago. And it has been working--if I take it every 3 hours. Now the inevitable fatigue has set in. I have slept for %80 of this day. But contrary to the last root canal, I knew to get on top of the pain early. I truly believe that pain control is the key to this DD. And to h--- with those who think I'm some kind of addictive personality. The dentist's comments only made it more clear to me that I actually have a very high pain tolerance and that what we are all feeling, symptom wise, is much more worse than most folks will ever experience in their lifetime, much less understand.